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bandit571

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04-11-2012 01:00 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question handsaw refurbishing

I have two saws I would like to make into something a little more “useful”.

The blade on this one is good ( a late model Diiston Tool box saw) but the handle is too clunky,

I do, however, like this handle. Made by STEIGO in China, the blade is junk. Now, I have an idea. I could use the saw plate from one, add the handle from another, and create a good user for me.

Question? How do you remove those RIVETS? Those are not bolts on the Steigo. The Medallion does not go all the way through, either. Franckensaw? Maybe, but it would fit my hands alot better. This would be for my shop.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use


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#1 posted 04-11-2012 01:10 PM

The only way I’ve found to remove rivets is to drill them out or grind the head off, depending on how they are set. For a saw handle, Use a drill about the size of the largest part of the rivet. The best way to describe the process is like you were going to countersink for a screw head. If it doesn’t pop off you may then need to go to a smaller drill to keep from hitting the wood. I hope that makes sense.

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#2 posted 04-11-2012 01:43 PM

You actually only need a drill bit a touch bigger than the diameter of the rivet itself, not the larger head – once you cut down deep enough what’s left of the head will separate from the rivet and you won’t damage wood. Since you can’t see the rivet you just have to make an educated guess. Make sure you use a center punch or the bit will wander. If there’s any slop in the Chinese handle you could get a fine hacksaw blade under there.

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#3 posted 04-11-2012 09:28 PM

Got those old rivets drill out, and replaced. They looked Brass plated, but were steel. Went to Ace hardware ( five block walk, one way) and bought two new sawnuts ( @ $1.28 ea) and put this saw together. Sanded the old stuff on the handle down, and smooth. A “blend” (shake-a-can) of Ipswich Pine & Poly Gloss. A look at the Finished saw?

Blade length: 20”, at 11 ppi. After the “Photo session”, saw went into the saw vise, sharpened back up, rip style. A close-up of the handle?

A Disstonian-Steigonian Hybrid Saw. With TWO Medallions, no less. Let’s see, two saws $2 ea, two sawnuts $1.28 ea. A “New saw” for about $6. 56? Priceless….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#4 posted 04-11-2012 10:08 PM

that’s a nice looking saw now.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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#5 posted 04-12-2012 12:46 PM

Pretty. When you say ‘saw nuts’ are you talking carriage bolts? What does the other side look like?

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#6 posted 04-12-2012 02:17 PM

More like “sexbolts”. One side ( the plain side) IS the bolt, with square shoulders to keep from spinning. The other side is the “nut” part. Usually with a slotted end for a screwdriver, although newer ones have a Phillips type. Just slip each into their holes, and turn the nut until tight.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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